Are 'rogue cells' at the root of autoimmune disease?

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Good news for rheumatoid patients.

An Australian team has made a new breakthrough in autoimmune disease research.

They have identified the individual cells that cause autoimmune disease. These cells go rogue and evade the checkpoints that normally stop immune cells from targeting the body's own tissues.

"Current treatments for autoimmune disease address only the symptoms, but not the cause. To make more targeted treatments that address disease development and progression, we first need to understand the cause," says Professor Chris Goodnow, Executive Director of the Garvan Institute and Director of the UNSW Sydney Cellular Genomics Futures Institute.

"We have developed a technique that allows us to look directly at the cells that cause autoimmune disease -- it's as though we're looking through a new microscope lens for the first time, learning more about autoimmune disease than was ever possible before."

Let's hope this promising research can lead to some new treatments for rheumatoid disease and other autoimmune disorders.

Source: Eureka Alert, 13 Feb 2020

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